Head & Neck Cancer Patient Stories
Scott Parker knew something was wrong when he started losing his voice. As a locomotive engineer, he frequently needed to communicate with his colleagues through radios and without his voice, he couldn’t work effectively. Scott’s primary care doctor diagnosed him with allergies but the problem persisted and finally Scott visited an ear, nose and throat doctor who spotted the cancer right away.
Scott, who was 45 when he was diagnosed with laryngeal cancer in 2009, headed straight for Fox Chase Cancer Center because he knew of the center’s name and reputation.
In the fall of 2015, Larry Reddick, 74, was becoming increasingly frustrated with his hoarse voice. It was difficult to speak and his voice quality continued to get worse. He also began to lose weight without trying. “I had a hunch something wasn’t right so I called my primary doctor to get a referral to see an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist. Unfortunately, I didn’t find my local ENT helpful,” recalls Larry.
Charlie Osborne quit smoking over 20 years ago because he noticed people getting annoyed with smokers — and was no longer allowed to smoke at work. He also knew it was a health hazard. By quitting the habit, Charlie thought his chances of developing cancer had been diminished. Unfortunately, that was not the case.
In early 2005, at the age of 52, Charlie experienced problems swallowing and had a blocked windpipe. He had trouble sleeping and began losing weight.
In May 2010, Kevin Logan and his wife of 11 years, Devra, were heading to his daughter, Lindsay's graduation from University of North Carolina of Wilmington. While there, Devra noticed a lump on Kevin's neck. She decided to keep it quiet for the weekend in order to enjoy the celebration. On the way home, Kevin who had also noticed the lump, showed it to Devra.